As we close in on the Thanksgiving Holiday I wanted to take the opportunity to remind everyone of Small Business Saturday. I will be the first to admit I did not appreciate the small local businesses (other than my favorite quilt stores) until I opened up my own small business. I don’t even have a good excuse other than I have always lived in areas that were surrounded by the big box stores – and so that’s where I shopped.
Now that I own my own business I get the importance of supporting small businesses. When you think about it, the best way to improve your local economy is to keep your money local. When you buy from a small business a portion of your dollars go towards taxes that funds our transit systems and government. A portion of that dollar goes towards paying for local employees (a family member or neighbor perhaps) And, in my case, a portion of that dollar goes straight back to supporting the local schools and charities that support me in the form of gift certificates for fund raising efforts
I try to spend my dollars locally because I want my favorite shops to be around – the only way they can do that is with support. My favorite coffee shop is Sovereign Grounds, I buy my Avada at Rue48, I buy my flowers from Spruce, my bread from Turtle Bread. I don’t spend huge amounts of money, but I know that what I do spend is APPRECIATED!!
Last year I made a pledge to either make or buy all my Holiday gifts locally. By doing that I discovered SO many great local businesses and I felt such a sense of gratitude from all the small businesses I shopped at. I believe that when you do good things you open yourself up to the positive energy that comes with that. And I felt good about keeping my dollars local – so much so that I’m going to do it again this year.
I encourage you to join me. To help get you started, for Small Business Saturday Sewtropolis is having a party! That’s right… I have been so busy this month with all the new fabric we received that I haven’t had time to celebrate reaching my 3 year milestone! So, I’m doing it on Saturday. Stop by and test drive our new Pfaff sewing machines, give our new long-arm quilting machine a whirl, enter to win prizes, enjoy some cake and punch and most of all take advantage of our Small Business Saturday Gift with Purchase: a free Chinook Book (full of coupons for local business) with purchase of $100 or more (while supplies last).
And when you leave be sure to stop in and support the other local businesses in the neighborhood.
See you Saturday!